Satellite Television Worldwide
Satellite Television is becoming more and more the optimal broadcasting option throughout the world. With its multi featured receivers, cost-efficiency, high standard of service, quality projection and selection of channels and programming, much of the world is catching on to this phenomenon. Listed Below, alphabetically by country, are the facts on Satellite Television Worldwide.
South African-based Multichoice's DStv is the primary digital satellite television provider in sub-Saharan Africa. This Network broadcasts principally in English, but also in Portuguese, German and Afrikaans. In French- Speaking Africa, Canal Horizons, owned by France's Canal Plus, is the main provider. MyTvAfrica, a subsidiary of Dubai based Strong Technologies is another entrant in the Satellite TV circuit. Satellite television works well in Africa due to the high cost, limitations in coverage and non-existent infrastructure of Cable TV.
In Canada, the two legal Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) services available are Bell Canada’s ExpressVu and StarChoice. The CRTC has refused to license American satellite services, but nonetheless hundreds of thousands (up to a million by some estimates) of Canadians access or have accessed American services which is in direct violation of Canada’s Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, insofar as it bans reception of unlicensed foreign television services.
Latin America has approximately 1.4 million viewers in Brazil and Mexico subscribed to its main satellite system, SKY Latin America. DirecTV Latin America, which provides service to the rest of the Americas has a total of approximately 1.3MM subscribers.
DirecTV, the first national high-powered DBS system, went online in 1994 and was the first North American DBS service. In 1996, EchoStar’s Dish Network went online in the United States and has gone on to similar success as DirecTV’s primary competitor. Dominion Video Satellite Inc's Sky Angel also went online in the United States in 1996 with its DBS service geared toward the faith and family market.
In 2004, Cablevision’s Voom service went online, specifically catering to the emerging market of HDTV owners and aficionados, but folded in April 2005, with the service’s “exclusive” high-definition channels currently being migrated to the Dish Network system.
The largest concentration in the Americas of ethnic programming is on Intelsat Americas 5 at 97° W. The majority of ethnic-language broadcasts to North America are carried on Ku band free-to-air. GlobeCast World TV offers a mix of free and pay-TV ethnic channels in the internationally-standard DVB-S format, as do others. Home2US Communications Inc. also offers ethnic programming, the platform is on AMC-4 at 101° W, with several ethnic channels as well as free and pay-TV. Several U.S.-English language network affiliates (representing CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, Fox, the CW (formerly the WB and UPN), i and MyNetworkTV) are available as free-to-air broadcasts, as are the three U.S.-Spanish language networks (Univisión, Telefutura and Telemundo).
In Japan in 1996 the total number of households that receive satellite broadcasting exceeded 10 million. Today, two satellite systems in use in Japan are BSAT and JCSAT; the modern BS digital service uses BSAT satellites, while other system of digital TV broadcasting SKY PerfecTV! uses JCSAT satellites.
As you can see, satellite television is quickly becoming a popular technology across the globe. If you're interested in satellite television technology, I don't blame you. It's important to get with the times so you can enjoy this wonderful entertainment solution as well.